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Suspected COVID-19 cases at Hug and Wooster High Schools

Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 1:43 PM PDT|Updated: Aug. 13, 2020 at 4:45 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - UPDATE: The Washoe County School District announced Thursday, August 13, 2020 suspected positive cases of COVID-19 at Hug High School and at Wooster High School. This marks the fourth and fifth schools in the district to have either a confirmed case or a suspected case of COVID-19.

The district said both schools are being thoroughly cleaned. Officials said employees and students will be kept out of certain areas of both schools until the district receives official confirmation of the positive case.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Washoe County School District said Wednesday that Rollan Melton Elementary School is closed following word of a suspected positive case of COVID-19.

The district said all employees worked from home Wednesday so that the school could be thoroughly cleaned.

In a statement, the district said the following:

As a reminder to the community, in response to suspected COVID-19 cases, the Washoe County School District will be taking proactive action and excluding some employees and students from the building before a confirmation of a positive case is provided.

The district said they are working closely with the Washoe County Health District and is waiting on health officials to conduct contact tracing before reopening the building.

Earlier this week, the district closed Grace Warner Elementary School due to a suspected positive case of COVID-19, in which eight people may have been exposed. Those people were asked to self-isolate at home. The school was cleaned and, according to the district will be open Monday, August 17 for the first day of school.

On August 7, the district confirmed a staff member at Hunter Lake Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. District officials said there were no students in the building with the affected employee.

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